Historic Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, salutes our first commander-in-chief with a dazzling display of made-for-daytime fireworks during its annual Independence Day event! Visitors will be treated to spectacular smoke fireworks in patriotic colors fired over the Potomac River.
The Independence Day event also includes an inspirational naturalization ceremony for 100 new citizens, military reenactments, a special wreathlaying ceremony, and a visit from the “first” first couple, “General and Mrs. Washington.”
Summer Farm Life: July has always been a time of celebration at George Washington’s farm as it marks the beginning of the wheat harvest season. To celebrate Washington the farmer, field hands will kick-off the season on Independence Day with wheat-treading demonstrations at the Pioneer Farm. Costumed staff will lead Mount Vernon’s horses as they tread wheat in the 16-sided barn. Visitors can witness Washington’s innovative treading process, learning first-hand how Washington separated grain from straw.
An American Celebration at Mount Vernon is included in regular estate admission: adults, $17; children ages 6-11, $8; and children 5 and under are admitted free.